Nordstrom and eBay hit back at a boycott threat
The US retailer Nordstrom said on Tuesday that it has severed its links with eBay and blocked several popular online retailers in an apparent response to a threat from anti-LGBT activist Craig Steven Wright.
The company’s decision to close links with online retailers like Amazon, Ebay, and Overstock.com was first reported by The Wall Street Journal on Tuesday.
Nordstrom, which had been a vocal critic of the boycotts, had previously blocked a number of online retailers that were listed on the anti-gay website Stormfront.
Wright, who had also been active on the forum, threatened to boycott the Nordstroms’ Nordstrom Express business if the company did not immediately change its policies.
“We believe this is a direct attack on Nordstrom’s core values as an independent retailer, and we have decided to end our relationship with the company,” the company said in a statement on Tuesday, according to The Wall St Journal.
Wright told The New York Times that he had contacted Nordstrom after he noticed the company’s policies were being put into place that targeted gays and lesbians.
The retailer has yet to issue any further statement on the matter, but the company has previously said it is looking into how to handle the situation.
A spokesperson for Nordstrom did not respond to a request for comment.
Walt Disney Co (DIS), which has also cut ties with online sellers, said it had reached out to Nordstrom in an effort to work together to address the situation, The Associated Press reported.
Disney said it would work with Nordstrom to improve its policies to address issues with hate.